Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Where 8-Minute Miles Are Slow



This past Saturday was the first day to sign up for my track club's Rockin' 'n' Runnin' marathon training program. That all but about 50 of the 500 slots were taken within a six-hour period just goes to show the growing popularity of the marathon and this particular program. It probably helps this is the 10th anniversary for both the training program and the original Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, often credited for better or worse with 'changing the course' of races now full of entertainment and charity runners.

Our coach liked to put us at ease by reminding us that 90 percent of people showing up on race day have no real idea what they are doing. He's got a point, if the first-timers on Saturday are any indication. When each was asked their pace, so they could be placed in the proper group, almost everyone I heard said: "Oh, I'm slow. I run 8-minute miles." Nobody mentioned that 8-minute miles boils down to a 3:30 marathon. That's probably slow to them too. They'll learn soon enough.

This weekend's signup was at Road Runner Sports, a store whose catalog many runners know well. That's me in the sunglasses working the Bibs table with Kryse B. [Thanks to Cindy E. for the photo!] She and I were 2/3 of our relay team on this day last year at our final track workout. Unfortunately, I won't be there tonight since my daughter has a dance recital. Should be interesting to hear all the familiar Christmas tunes wafting into the lobby and hallways of this year's venue -- a Jewish Community Center in LaJolla.

14 comments:

Laurie said...

I think it is interesting to finally see pictures of the face behind the blog. I imagined you with much darker hair for some reason.

Those newbie runners will soon realize that they can do just one mile at an 8 minute pace, not 26.2.

LouBob said...

Finally a face to go with the name. Sounds like a fun way to go.

beansprout said...

Great picture! I'd be SOOOO happy if I could run a 3:30 marathon! Hope the recital is most entertaining. Enjoy!

Mark I. said...

A 3:30 is my current goal. You heard it here (on YOUR blog?!) first.

And the pic? That's hot (insert male version of Paris Hilton voice here).

robtherunner said...

That's a large training group. Marathons are definitely getting more popular. I am sure 100 milers will be the next big craze:)

Anonymous said...

What are sunglasses? For that matter, what is sun? Where is your fleece? Maybe I need to move to your neighborhood!

Anonymous said...

Very nice picture, Anne. I hope the recital goes well for your daughter.

Juls said...

If 8:00/mile is slow - I'll settle for slow. I will be happy to average 8:47/mile x 26.2 miles.

Anonymous said...

Dance recital? I just attended my daughter's "show" -- At what age do you stop calling it a recital? So that's what you look like! Nice to see a face behind the words! I'd love to have an 8 minute mile pace for an entire marathon... Heck, even a 10 minute mile pace for a whole marathon would be peachy!

Take care!

Anonymous said...

Dance recital? I just attended my daughter's "show" -- At what age do you stop calling it a recital? So that's what you look like! Nice to see a face behind the words! I'd love to have an 8 minute mile pace for an entire marathon... Heck, even a 10 minute mile pace for a whole marathon would be peachy!

Take care!

Anonymous said...

Dance recital? I just attended my daughter's "show" -- At what age do you stop calling it a recital? So that's what you look like! Nice to see a face behind the words! I'd love to have an 8 minute mile pace for an entire marathon... Heck, even a 10 minute mile pace for a whole marathon would be peachy!

Louise said...

8 minute mile, 3:30 marathon...in my dreams, or then again...maybe nightmare. That is too fast to run and chew gum at the same time! Christmas at the Jewish Center, I LOVE IT! Maybe Seattle Airport could learn something from our little community :-)

Jim said...

Slow? Geez, I must be dead then. I sure wish I were slow. : )

Just12Finish said...

8:00/mile - I wish I was that slow.